It's the most wonderful time of year again — Fashion Month. While the New York Fashion Week shows will be upon us starting tomorrow, Haute Couture week has just passed leaving us in awe of this year's designs. From the Japanese-influenced gowns from Schiaparelli, to the conceptual outerwear from Maison Margiela this season's captivating and impressive collections brought unique contrast to the 2016 shows.
Bertrand Guyon did it again. Last year, I was enthralled with the pastel colored, tea party-inspired collection. This year, half of the collection featured vibrant hues, while the other half paid tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli's love for Japanese kimonos and Chinese robes.
The bold looks in the collection had a fruity color palette consisting of watermelon pinks, cherry reds and lemon yellows. The heart and key-shaped cutouts on the high heels, over-the-knee boots and strapless dresses emulated a whimsical Alice in Wonderland feel that was similar, yet different from last year's tea party and culinary-inspired collection.
On the other hand, the multi-colored Asian-influenced one shoulder dresses and blazers added a cultural touch to the predominantly quirky house.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARCUS TONDO
Normally, I'm not a huge fan of vintage. While I do love a good ruffled blouse or dress, I'm turned off by the overuse of frilly fabrics and stark cream colors. But this year Valli did vintage right. Along with paying tribute to the late Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani by beautifying the models to have hair similar to Sozzani, the collection drew inspiration from 1960s fashion where bold colors and enchanting prints were all the rage.
In addition to the blast-from-the-past, Valli's designs showed a variety of silhouettes. From high-waisted above-the-knee pencil skirts, to empire-waist dresses with full tulle skirts the collection showed the changing hemlines that were prominent in the 60s.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY YANNIS VLAMOS
Conceptual fashion is the epitome of "fashion as art." With deconstructive design elements and outlandish silhouettes, this style of couture is meant to show creativity and the true art form that fashion design is. This season creative director John Galliano incorporated sheer tulle and caging to create his conceptual collection.
In the majority of his cage-like looks, bits-and-pieces of lingerie can be seen giving a literal stripped-down effect. The rest of his collection featured extravagant millinery with sky-high top hats, feather-rimmed brims, and yet another dose of caging.
While the theme of the collection was defined as "symbolism" by Vogue Runway writer Sarah Mower, the pieces overall portrayed pure creativity and craftsmanship that sometimes fades in the face of haute couture.